There’s been quite a bit of back and forth between Mark Trumbo and the Orioles this month, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that the team’s best offer is on the table. Previous reports indicate that it’s the same four-year, $52-55 million deal the Orioles tried to push several weeks ago, which fell short of the $75-80 million Trumbo’s team was said to be seeking.
Trumbo doesn’t appear to have made his final decision just yet, but it’s not for lack of interest. The veteran slugger batted a cool .256/.316/.533 during 2016, contributing a league- and career-best 47 home runs in his first season with Baltimore. The Mariners, Rockies and Indians are among those reportedly in talks with the 30-year-old, though no competing offers have been publicized so far this offseason.
The Orioles have options, too, and Kubatko suggests that the club could make an effort to re-sign Pedro Alvarez or stash Trey Mancini in the DH spot if they can’t reach an agreement with Trumbo. According to a quote from Alvarez’s agent, Scott Boras, the 29-year-old is using the offseason to expand his “defensive resume,” with the intention of sharpening his skills at first base and in the outfield as he tries to net a contract before the 2017 season begins. He split his time between DH and third base with the Orioles in 2016, producing a .249/.322/.504 line and 22 homers in 376 PA.
The Giants are finalizing a minor league deal for free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin, according to Andrew Baggarly and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The team has not confirmed the signing, but it’s in keeping with their stated goal of adding more veteran presence and outfield options to their roster in advance of the 2019 season.
Maybin, 31, appeared in back-to-back gigs with the Marlins and Mariners in 2018. He slashed an underwhelming .249/.326/.336 with four home runs, 10 stolen bases (in 15 chances), a .662 OPS, and 0.5 fWAR through 384 plate appearances for the two clubs, a clear improvement over his totals in 2017 but still shy of the career numbers he posted with the Padres all the way back in 2011. It’s not only his offense that has tanked, but his speed and defense in center field, all of which he’ll try to improve as he jockeys for a roster spot in camp this month.
The Giants’ outfield has been largely depleted of any kind of consistent talent lately, especially taking into account the recent departures of Hunter Pence, Gregor Blanco, and Gorkys Hernández. Even with the acquisition of, say, All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper, there’s nothing standing in the way of Maybin and fellow veteran signee Gerardo Parra grabbing hold of full- or part-time roles this year, though they’ll need to outperform candidates like Chris Shaw, Steven Duggar, Drew Ferguson, Mac Williamson, Austin Slater, Craig Gentry, Mike Gerber, and others first.
In a previous report on Friday, Baggarly revealed that a “handshake understanding” had been established with several veteran players already this offseason, all but guaranteeing them regular starting opportunities over the course of the season. How those agreements will be affected by spring training performances remains to be seen, but at least for now, the Giants appear prepared to give their newest players a long leash as they try to get back on top in the NL West.